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“Gleiser covers a broad swath of subjects—from cognition and curved space to particle physics, superstring theory, and multiverses—with a thoughtful, accessible style that balances philosophy with hard science. His island imagery will capture readers’ imagination as it examines the ideas that unnerve us even as they illuminate our world.”
“The Island of Knowledge is a history of the mind, its gift for finding ideas in things. The brilliance of centuries of philosophic and scientific inquiry, never more remarkable than at present, bears a profound resemblance to the brilliance it discovers in the universe. Marcelo Gleiser makes us feel what a privilege it is to be human.”
“We've come to know far more than our ancestors could possibly have imagined—including the depth of our ignorance. In Gleiser's lucid narrative, that marvelous paradox comes alive.”
“Marcelo Gleiser brings a physicist's knowledge, a philosopher's wisdom, and a poet's language to elucidate our largest questions. If you finish The Island of Knowledge with all the same opinions with which you began it, then turn to page one and start reading again.”
“Articulate, elegant, and at times poignant, The Island of Knowledge is a magnificent account of humanity's struggle to understand its place in the cosmos. ... Gleiser shows how our efforts to comprehend the universe have transformed it into something rich and strange.”
Parallel universes are a non-answer to a premature question.
- NautilusJanuary 2017
What can fly-fishing teach us about theoretical physics? More than you might guess.
- The Chronicle of Higher EducationAugust 21, 2016
Do physicists always need empirical evidence to confirm their theories?
- The New York TimesJune 7, 2015
We've made huge strides in understanding the nature and composition of the physical universe, but it's clear that much remains to be learned — as it should be.June 14, 2017
It may be that to explain where the universe came from is an impossibility for our causally-based, logically-oriented, experientially-functioning minds, but we must keep trying.June 7, 2017
Cosmic expansion stretches space itself, as if space were made of some kind of stretchy rubber material; there is no physical border, only stretching space.May 31, 2017
The most recent ICE Puiblic Dialogue attracted more than 1200 people to the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.
The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement (ICE), directed by Marcelo, brought together leading scientists, humanists, and public intellectuals for its launching conference.
Check out the trailer for Marcelo's edX online course that investigates the limits of knowledge and what we can and cannot know of the world and ourselves.
In an essay for The New Atlantis, Marcelo shows why the findings of physics should help ease our sense of cosmic angst.
A new paper by Marcelo and Damian Sowinski on information theory and phase transitions.
In this TEDxEast talk, Marcelo tells the 13.7-billion-year story of our universe in 18 minutes.
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Marcelo discusses science and religion with CERN's director general, the Vatican's head of science and faith, and a scholar of Jain philosophy on BBC World Service's The Forum.Listen to the program ➞
Sean Carroll’s website
Sabine Hossenfelder’s blog